A couple of weeks ago I shared some thoughts about photo editing in my Friendly Friday: Smoke and Mirrors post. This week Amanda has set us the challenge of sharing photos that show things in two different ways, presenting me with another opportunity to share how I sometimes manipulate my original images to create different effects.
I thought I would concentrate on the effect that transforming an image from colour to black and white, or sepia, can have. Sometimes I take a photo in black and white, as I can see that it will work better that way. Often though this doesn’t occur to me until later, when I see it downloaded on my computer. Or, I simply don’t have the time to change the settings on my camera before a moment might be lost. That’s where editing comes in.
Of course the world isn’t black and white, it is full of colour. I do wonder if photography had been invented as a colour process from the start, would black and white photography ever have developed as it did, from basic recording of people and events to an art form? And would we now even consider opting for black and white over colour, if our eyes had never been ‘trained’ to see it in that way?
As it is, some photographers work solely in monochrome, others only in colour. I reckon I use the latter at least 90% of the time, but some subjects demand to be seen differently, while others are just fun to experiment with.
Seeing both ways
Here is a selection of photos in both colour and black and white or sepia edits. Which of these two ways of seeing them do you prefer?
Thanks as always to Amanda for an inspiring Friendly Friday Photo Challenge.